If You're into Those Malty Smooths

If You're into Those Malty Smooths

Mr Malty Smooth

Just like a goatee is the gateway to a full hipster beard, so malty-smooth Highland and Speyside whiskeys are the gateway to Scotch.

They smell good. They're charming on approach and, though occaisionally bold, they're also sensitive and even a touch sweet. Which is often enough to lure even the hard-fast bourbonite.

If you want to draw your bourbon and rye drinking friends over to the unique complexities of Scotch. Or even indoctrinate a whiskey newcomer. Don't mix and muddle a tasty cocktail. That's not the way. It's the wrong message. I mean, you don't learn to love dark roast Ethiopian coffee beans by sipping on caramel lattes.  

No, you learn to love the good stuff by drinking the good stuff.  

And the easiest drinking good stuff in Scotland is an irresistible malty smooth.  

 

Here are some greats to start with. 

  • Aberlour 12 Perhaps the bolder of the bunch, it welcomes many a whiskey palatte with its spicy but soft undertones. 
  • Auchentoshan Three Wood Actually a lowland. Very drinkable, very flavourful, and smooth. 
  • Glenfiddich 14 Bourbon Barrel Reserve Not shying away from its bourbon-like comparison, this Glenfiddich soaks it in.  
  • Glenfarclas 21 Like putting the holidays in a bottle. Relaxing to drink, a bit of spice you can't quite put your finger on, and a genuine sense that something surprising, if not good, is about to happen.
  • Glenmorangie 18 As distilleries go, Glenmorangie is about as friendly flavoured as it gets. Now take that to a factor of 18.
  • Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Consider what I said above and now add a unique and alluring port finish.
  • Macallan Rare Cask Not exactly entry level price and perhaps a bit bold and on the woody side. But still, it's rich, full, and warm. Like a firm hug from a lover in a soft sweater.
  • Islay Barley Yes, it's an Islay. But it is unpeated. And it's like plucking a barley twig out of the corner of your mouth and chewing on it a while. Which reminds me of walking down the side streets of a small, lazy country town and appreciating all the subtle intricacies. 

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Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask
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Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask

The Aberlour

$53.00
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IF YOU LIKE 'EM SWEET 'N SPICY WITH PLENTY OF BODY. Ancient, pre-Christian Celts were drawn by the water. Pure, sweet and unusually soft, it bubble...

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Auchentoshan Three Wood
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Auchentoshan Three Wood

Auchentoshan

$77.00
$62.99

A DAMN FINE DRAM. This award-winning Auchentoshan has been matured in three different cask types. From American Bourbon to Spanish Oloroso Sherry a...

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Glenfiddich 14 Bourbon Barrel Reserve
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Glenfiddich 14 Bourbon Barrel Reserve

The Glenfiddich

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WHOA THERE—LET'S SLOW 'ER DOWN, AND TROT ON INTO TOWN.   This one surprised me. One that will inspire bourbon lovers to wear kilts and Scots to aba...

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Glenfarclas 21
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Glenfarclas 21

Glenfarclas

$140.00
$121.99

I'M SO GLAD BOURBON DRINKERS DON'T KNOW HOW AWESOME THIS IS...ALL THE MORE FOR ME. Pure spring water, malted barley and yeast is all that goes into...

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Glenmorangie 18
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Glenmorangie 18

The Glenmorangie

$120.00
$113.99

AN ENTIRE DAY IN EVERY SIP—AT THE ORCHARD, THROUGH THE WOODS, DAYDREAMING IN A MEADOW, RELAXING ROUND A CAMPFIRE. A whisky with a rich bouquet and ...

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Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Port Finish
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Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Port Finish

The Glenmorangie

$60.00
$57.99

TALL, DARK, AND SCRUMPTIOUS. You don't have to be a Scotch lover to love this one. Another layer of texture and depth from the typically smooth and...

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$57.99
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Macallan Rare Cask
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Macallan Rare Cask

The Macallan

$300.00
$249.99

THE 1 PERCENTER. Crafted to showcase complexity and depth, Rare Cask is drawn from the broadest spectrum of casks, 16 different types, ever identif...

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$249.99
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Bruichladdich Unpeated Islay Barley

Bruichladdich Unpeated Islay Barley

Bruichladdich

$61.99

THE BOURBON DRINKERS GATEWAY TO ISLAY. Unpeated. Coloring-free. Matured entirely on Islay. The freedom to challenge and to pioneer is central to th...

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